It looks like a new Kilchoman Comraich is coming up, a vatting of three 2007 casks (2x bourbon, 1x sherry cask). It was bottled in October 2017 at full strength 55,5% ABV.
It has been presented a few weeks ago at a festival in Sweden – I’m not sure whether this could become a permanent edition to the range, but there will probably be more batches in the future (the current label says Batch No.1)
Glen Scotia 10 Year Old
Glen Scotia distillery is adding a Glen Scotia 10 Years to its core range (which contained NAS expressions and 15+ year-olds until now). It says Peated on the label – they’re actively promoting this element. Actually they already had a 10 Years before (in the alcopop style) but this was phased out in 2015 if I remember correctly and now makes a come-back.
Hazelburn 13 Years Oloroso Cask
The 2018 edition of the Hazelburn 13 Years Oloroso Cask will be bottled in April at 47,4% ABV. It was distilled in October 2004 and 9000 bottles will be available.
New Claxton’s whisky releases
Independent bottler Claxton’s announced six new bottlings that will be available soon:
- English Single Malt 6yo 2011 (rum cask)
- Glen Moray 10yo 2007 (first-fill bourbon)
- Orkney Single Malt 10yo 2007 (hogshead)
- Macduff 14yo 2003 (sherry butt)
- Glen Keith 23yo 1994 (bourbon barrel)
- Glen Keith 22yo 1995 (refill hogshead)
- Auchentoshan 25yo 1991 (sherry hogshead)
We’re working on a review as we speak, so expect some of my tasting notes in the upcoming days.
Things that may not have been widely announced but that grabbed my attention in shops recently:
- BenRiach 42 Year Old ‘Single Malts of Scotland’ (tropical fruits galore, one of the hits at the recent TWE Whisky Show: Old & Rare)
- Ardmore 1996 Berry Bros (also a Whisky Show exclusive)
- GlenDronach 1993 cask #656 (UK exclusive)
- GlenDronach Grandeur Batch #9
- Glenallachie 2007 Adelphi (sherry bomb alert)
- Karuizawa 1965 Monyou Edition (slightly expensive *cough*)